Designing a Female Future


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Joandita Centika with her work, Anthropos at Fringe Furniture 33, 2019. Image by Tanya Voltchanska

While the world has been flipped on its head, three women have been thinking about re-building an improved, post-pandemic future—one in which gender no longer negatively affects women’s experience of the built environment, where sustainable design thinking is built into all designers’ practices, and where we value designers as artists.

This all-female panel hosted by design writer Sandra Tan features Sally Dan-Cuthbert (Australia’s only gallerist representing furniture designers), Sarah K (a consultant and advocate for embedding sustainability in design thinking) and Nicole Kalms (co-head of XYX Lab at Monash). Together, they bring their broad range of experience to the table, discussing real change for a cleaner, safer and more inclusive world.

Our speakers will also explore the potential in the discarded, amplifying others’ voices, investigating gendered design, and moving towards a new future where design heals, holds and assists all bodies.

The event is part of Fringe Furniture’s Gender Equality in Design initiative, supported by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and presented in partnership with Melbourne Fringe Festival.